Fresh Speculation Mike Hancock set to Stand Down.

There's fresh speculation that Lib Dem Mike Hancock is to resign as MP for Portsmouth South.

Last week the polling company Survation apparently conducted a poll asking how people would vote if this were the case.

tbg sources understand the question reads - "It is possible the current MP Mike Hancock may have to stand down for health reasons. If this were so, how likely would it be that you would vote in a by-election?"

One local source told tbg - "I would not be surprised if this was a Lib Dem private poll, although there is no way of being certain."

Its also unclear as to whether Hancock would also stand down as Portsmouth City Council's representative for Fratton Ward. This is a role he shares with David Fuller.

As reported on tbg Mr Fuller is himself at the centre of a row with Fareham Borough Council. Ironically, the Portsmouth City Council representatives for Fratton Ward do not live in either the ward or the city.

Mike Hancock rubbished rumours last week by Tories in Portsmouth South that he was about to stand down.